Meet the 'Pastel Color Ripples Team
Gama (él/him/his) is a Puerto Rican director, playwright/screenwriter and freelance casting professional. He holds an M.F.A in Directing from The New School and a B.A. in Drama from the University of Puerto Rico. He is a former recipient of the Van Lier Directing Fellowship at Repertorio Español. Gama received the First Prize in playwriting from Puerto Rico’s Institute of Culture for his play “Queishd&Dilit”. Recently his play “¡Los huevos o la revolución!” was part of IATI Theater’s Cimientos Play Developing Program. He is a member of New Light Theater Project. N.Y. directing credits include: “CAMBIO”, “TheLesson”, “L’Amfiparnaso”, “I Catch You Dreaming”, “Among Who, Whom and Ever”, “Jump It”, “In Love but Discreet”, “The Girl Who Used to Die Often”. For NLTP: Pastel Color Ripples (Playwright), Promesa Promesota (Playwright), Me, a Man (Dramaturg), I Wanna F*ck Like Romeo & Juliet (Casting), The Great Novel (Casting), The American Tradition (Casting). Gama serves as a Co-Chair to the Play Date Group as well as a member of the Virtual Radio Drama, & Development Committees. For more info, visit: www.gamavalle.com
SMJ (they/them) is an NYC-based, mixed race, and non-binary playwright, educator, and theatermaker. Their work has been seen throughout the US and the UK. SMJ is a mime of 13 years with training from Gregg Goldston, Rick Wamer, Lorie Heald, and Stephen Chipps. They’ve been a resident artist at Access Theater, the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, NWPR in Grand Lake, CO, and Dragon’s Egg Studio. SMJ is a part of The Sappho Project’s inaugural W*rk Lab as well as the 2020-2021 Art House Productions INKubator. They’re a graduate of Otterbein University (BFA Acting with a Dance minor) and the National Theater Institute.
Celina (she/her/hers) is a recent Montclair State University graduate, who worked as a stage manager on shows such as Twelfth Night, Mad Forest, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Dance Collage 2019, and Anon(ymous) during her time there. In addition to stage management she has also worked as a choreographer and makeup designer on shows such as Hairspray Junior, High School Musical Junior, and Legally Blonde Junior with the Belleville Middle School Theatre Arts Company. Her recent credits include the new works Bundle of Sticks as a production assisstant and Word On The Street as the production stage manager at INTAR Theatre.
Kaitlin Paige Longoria
KP (she/her/hers) is a Texas born and raised actress and mixed media painter, who moved to New York to cultivate her technique at William Esper Studio with the guidance of William Esper and Bruce McCarty. She’s worked extensively in film and stage, and also spends her creative time painting for her collection of work, titled “Waking up to Burnt Sienna”. For NLTP: Pastel Color Ripples (Creative Producer), Invincible Ones (Director), Promesa Promesota (Director), Hitler's Tasters (Anna in NYC, Edinburgh, Chicago, & LA). She serves as Co-Chair on the Virtual Radio Drama Committee. For more info: kaitlinpaige.com
Jae W. B.
Jæ (they/them/she/her) is a singer and performer based in New York City. Identifying as non-binary trans femme, Jae uses they them & she her pronouns. She is currently signed to TransTrenderz, the first Trans operated and focused music label! Jae has been featured in publications like TheGrio, Them. & Paper Magazine with the label debut single, “Splash.” Followed up by her solo single, “Independent Femme” Jae can be seen performing their solo Cabaret show “Group Therapy” twice a month at Rockbar NYC. She has been featured on several podcasts across streaming services including: The Onyx Theory Podcast, The Grey Scale Podcast, and Conversations with a Mixed Chick. Inst: @jaemusicofficial
A proud NLTP company member, Bethany (she/her/hers) is delighted to join the team for this cool project. Previous productions with New Light include Meaningful Conversation, Still Dance the Stars, The Jackson C. Frank Listening Party w/ Special Guests, and Strange Country. Bethany is based in New York and has an MFA in Acting from The New School for Drama. For more info: bethanygeraghty.com
Bertha (she/her/hers) has a BFA from Florida International University. Off-Broadway: Lucy Loves Me (INTAR Theatre) Other credits include: Amparo (Juggerknot Theatre), Honeybee (Furiex Films), Love Asterisk (3tO5 Productions), Oleanna (Pinecrest Theatre Rep), Sexual Perversity in Chicago (Alliance Theatre Lab), References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot (Unhinged Theatre Company). For NLTP: Promesa Promesota (Isa), Meaningful Conversation (Lydia). www.berthaleal.com
Evan (he/him/his) is a New York based actor and stage combatant. After graduating with a BFA in Acting from Otterbein University in 2017, Evan has spent time focusing on new work and classical pieces alike. Working with NY Classical Theatre (Macbeth, It can't Happen Here), and frequently collaborating with new artists. Evan is a member of the SAFD, and is working towards becoming an actor combatant.
Born in Puerto Rico, Willie (he/him/his) is an actor, producer and entrepreneur. For more than thirty years combining his business and artistic careers. Many theater productions to remember…Othello, Euridice, Race, Equus, Christ Last Temptation, DC-7: Roberto Clemente’s Story, Wrinkle in Time, Water by the Spoonful among many others.
His movie debut was with the character of Ben in Under Suspicion directed by Stephen Hopkins; starring Gene Hackman and Morgan Freeman. Recent film and televisión credits include: Angels and Diamonds, Startup, She is Gotta Have It 2, Yerba Buena and the leading character of Pedro Knight on tv series CELIA about the life of legendary cuban singer Celia Cruz.
Fernando (he/him/his) is an actor, science enthusiast, and linguistics freak! Credits include: "Skinnamarink" (Next Door @ NYTW), "Minor Character" (UTR/The Public Theater), "Red Emma & the Mad Monk" (The Tank); with the New Light family: "Promesa Promesota", "Breeders", "Omega Kids"; and sundry works at The Playwrights' Center, New York Stage and Film, Soho Rep, MCC, The Drama League, Classic Stage Company, New York Theatre Workshop, & New Dramatists, along with a smattering of web projects. BFA from NYU Tisch/Playwrights Horizons. Follow him @uniqueid... if you've a strong stomach for puns.
For more info: Fernando-gonzalez.com
Ricki (she/her/hers) is an award-winning New York City-born & based actress, writer, and producer. She is the co-owner and Head of Development at Nuanse Entertainment and a recipient of the 2021 All Stars Project/Castillo Theater Fellowship for Young Artists of Color. Ricki is a graduate of CUNY Brooklyn College where she received a BA in Theatre. As an advocate for diversity in film, theatre, and media, Ricki seeks to inspire younger artists; trailblazing by creating stories and embodying characters that challenge social norms. She is committed to authoring a body of work that prioritizes inclusivity, bold choices, and craftsmanship. Rickilynee.com.
Henri (they/them/theirs) is an actor, voice actor, and director hailing from Oberlin, Ohio. They really, really love telling stories - especially authentic queer ones. Recent credits include: The Last Five Years (Cathy; French Creek Theatre), SWAY (Director; The Tank’s PrideFest), The Tragedy of Macbeth (Banquo/Doctor, Otterbein University), and FUN HOME (Director; Otterbein University). You can find them recording voice overs in their closet, on Instagram @henri_sudy, or at HenriSudy.com. Proudly represented by DDO NY, Voiceover Division.